MISSION AND HISTORY
A nonprofit 501C3 support organization of breast cancer survivors and our supporters, we take pride in offering various types of support. We are dedicated to providing the needs of our fellow survivors, their family members and anyone who has been affected by cancer.
Breast cancer is a disease that has had a profound impact on survivors, their families, and the public. Recognizing that the need for support, education, and care extends beyond a medical intervention for those diagnosed with the disease, a group of survivors who have an experience about the gap that exists for survivors and their families, came together in 2011 to establish Angels Surviving Cancer, Inc. (Angels) 501(c)3. It is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enlighten, educate and address the real needs of those affected by breast cancer. It is committed to educating the public on the importance of assisting breast cancer survivors with all of their needs—be it financial, spiritual, or emotional, thereby minimizing depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. Angels UP (Uplifting People) is a Counseling Program that Angels provide for those facing cancer with a sense of control over their situations, by assisting them to maintain their quality of life and develop coping mechanisms in the face of cancer. Instead of using a clinical approach, Angels commit to a grassroots effort that fosters personal attention and provides care to both the patient and their families.
Angels Surviving Cancer, Inc. provides services using the following approaches:
1) Angel Education and Outreach
2) CARE (CANCER AWARENESS RESOURCE ENCOURAGEMENT)
3) The Angel Network. The Angel Education and Outreach program provides opportunities for the organization to raise awareness about all aspects of breast cancer. The primary objectives of the organization’s outreach and educational programs are to:
1) Enlighten and educate the public on the importance of breast cancer education. 2) Increase breast cancer education and reduce cultural barriers for under-served, minority women.
3) Increase breast cancer screening rates in the Houston Metropolitan Area.
CARE provides services to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are facing financial challenges. This program provides resources and referrals of financial assistance for items including (but not limited to): lodging, medical, office visits and prostheses (as funds are available) based on an application process. The CARE program is funded and supported through a network of collaborative partners; grant funding, fundraisers, donations and support.
The Angel Network provides support, networking and collaboration opportunities for survivors, their families, and friends. Within this Network, real life “angels” provide care to those who are undergoing breast cancer treatment. Angels not only serve the patient, but are also a source of support for the families in any way possible. When hearing what is perhaps the most dreaded news about a loved one—“You have cancer”---information, sound, concrete, and simple answers to questions can make a world of difference. Having someone there to provide a shoulder to lean on; or offer a cooked meal; or even to assist with navigating the maze of insurance, financial, and medical concerns is, to a grieving and family—an Angel.